With the ever rising cost of gasoline, the compact car is having a huge impact on the new car consumer market. While Honda, Toyota, and traditional American brand compacts Garner more attention, don’t overlook the 2009 Kia Spectra. Not only is it a compact car, it is also a sedan, not just a coupe like some other makes. And starting at $13,500 the price is hard to beat. All of the models are built on a front wheel drive, 2.0 liter four cylinder engine platform. Coming in with eight trim levels including two hatchback wagons, consumers have a wide variety of the Spectra to choose from. All models come with standard dual front, and side impact air bags. The two LX model Spectra’s do not offer anti-lock brakes. The remaining models have anti-lock brakes as an option.
The base model LX Spectra comes with a five speed manual transmission. The base LX comes with few options such as air conditioning and a rear spoiler. The standard options are not that impressive either. Featuring a single cd stereo, and tilt wheel are the most impressive of the options. There are no options listed for power windows or door locks. The Spectra does however provide a decent fuel economy of 23 mpg (miles per gallon) city and 33 mpg highway.
The second level LX version of the Spectra starts at $14,500 and comes with a standard four speed automatic transmission. This model again offers air conditioning and a rear spoiler, along with a remote starter as options. The standard features are weak, offering tilt wheel, and a single cd player, as the best standard equipment and there is no listing for power windows and door locks. The automatic transmission does provide a modest boost in fuel economy to 24 mpg city and 34 mpg highway. Continue reading “2009 Kia Spectra – the compact car is having a huge impact”